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Frank Minyard's Kids Campaign


  The office of Orleans Parish Coroner Dr. Frank Minyard, 80, still has free bumper stickers from a sensational child advocacy campaign the coroner launched more than 20 years ago. Minyard, the city's longest serving elected official, first took office April 1, 1974. Early in his tenure, he called attention to the impact of rising violence against New Orleans kids with variations of the admonition, "Children should be seen and not heard." The coroner initially passed out thousands of bumper stickers warning, "Children should be seen and not hurt." Later, when gun violence escalated, he changed it to, "Children should be seen and not shot." Chief Coroner's Investigator John Gagliano says the office still has "hundreds" of the latter pink-and-black bumper stickers, which are free and available to the public at the New Orleans Forensic Center, 2612 Martin Luther King Blvd. — Allen Johnson Jr.

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